IIJ Investigations Initiative: Phase 2 – Training Multi-Agency ‘Intelligence-led, Evidence-driven’ Counterterrorism Investigation Capacity Building

Starting Date2019-09-16 Ending Date2019-09-20 Yaoundé, Cameroon

On 16-20 September 2019, the IIJ and the British High Commission in Yaoundé brought together senior officials from Cameroon’s Ministry of Justice, Military Tribunal, DGSN (National Security Police), Gendarmerie and DGRE (National Intelligence Agency) and embarked on an IIJ training programme designed tailored to enhance joint-agency working, intelligence development and the securing of best evidence in the field of counterterrorism.

Mr. Joe Connell, IIJ Senior Investigations Adviser and a former senior UK Metropolitan Police counterterrorism investigator at New Scotland Yard, stated: “It is always a pleasure to work with Cameroonian colleagues. Their professionalism and enthusiasm for continual improvement in an environment of serious and complex threats is very encouraging.”

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Mr. Connell was joined in delivering the training by Dr. Ian Stanier, who is also a former UK senior investigator and now a leading academic in the field, and Ms. Maria Ladron de Guevara of the IIJ. Future training modules are scheduled to include electronic and digital information and evidence, financial investigation and joint operational practicing.

The training was hosted by His Excellency Rowan Laxton, British High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, and opened in the presence of the Head of the UK Diplomatic Service, Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the Government of the United Kingdom. The training is closely supported by Lt. Colonel Sid Purser, UK Senior Military Adviser to Cameroon, and his personnel.

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The very interactive workshop concluded with Cameroonian practitioners making twenty recommendations, in line with international good practices, that would bring benefits to countering terrorism in the criminal justice arena.

For more information on this workshop or the IIJ Investigations Initiative, please contact IIJ Senior Investigations Advisor Joe Connell.